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Disaster Preparedness for Local Councils

The Local Council – Comprehensive Emergency Management Procedures

 

According to the National Operating Emergency Management system, the local council is defined as "the foundation" for both enacting emergency protocol and responding to the needs of residents during any type of emergency such as war, natural disaster, and more. This concept is based on the premise that "what works during routine times will work during a disaster". The local council represents the public's elected leadership, and council members are very familiar with the population and possess the tools and skills to meet the needs of residents both during times of routine and during emergencies.

 

This concept is also reflected in the legal sphere: according to ministry of interior regulations, the local council is the legal authority responsible for the emergency management of its jurisdiction. In a time of emergency, the local authority is granted expanded powers in the areas related to the protection of the population, and is defined as the Local Emergency Services Advisory Board which is chaired by the mayor.

 

Procedures of the National Emergency Authority (NEA) – Ministry of Defense

 

Over the past years the NEA has defined and published detailed procedures regarding the roles of the local authority during emergencies. The NEA published the official protocol for emergency operating procedures for a local authority. The protocol defines in specific terms the role of a local authority during an emergency, organizational structure, general and specific working principles and procedures. Over the years, the protocol has been adapted to meet the needs of cities, local, and regional councils. These protocols were created in partnership between the NEA , Home Front Command, local authorities, and regional councils.

 

The Emergency Protocol generates a common language between all of the governmental and non-governmental parties working to prepare local councils for times of emergency. In addition to the Emergency Protocol, when a local authority is designated to be in a state of emergency specific documents are distributed in which responsibilities are clearly defined related to the functions of clusters of professionals in various departments of the council and their roles and responsibilities. Several other inter-departmental protocols have been developed (for example, procedures for clinical care of the population) that also detail the role of the council in specific areas.

 

Disaster preparedness with ITC

 

When a local authority works with the ITC to prepare for emergencies, the authority receives training not only in terms of building a functional infrastructure, but also in how to manage an emergency situation in order to provide residents a comprehensive response to their needs. ITC training is coordinated with the Home Front Command and the NEA and complements their work.  

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The mission of the Israel Trauma Coalition (ITC) is to create a continuum of care in the trauma field, response and preparedness, by leveraging diverse resources to initiate, prioritize, and optimize services.

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